The agreement should also include a slippery repayment scale that will reduce the amount to be reimbursed based on how long the worker stays with the employer after the training is completed. Similarly, training costs should be reimbursed on the same sliding scale when the employee is dismissed for gross misconduct during the repayment period. Depending on where you train, aspiring lawyers either complete four six-month training contracts or more shorter seats. In small law firms and large organizations with legal teams, legal trainees may have fewer departments to spend with. Interns who are expected to begin their training contracts before the end of the year may find that launch dates have been delayed, for example.B. Irwin Mitchell has extended the launch date to 2020 to February 2021. The success of a training contract does not necessarily guarantee a job offer, although the majority of future lawyers remain in the companies with which they have entered into their training contract. We are often asked to develop this type of agreement for employers and to determine whether they are applicable. As usual, the answer to the question of whether the agreement is applicable is that it depends on the circumstances and how the agreement was developed. The applicability of a training reimbursement agreement can really be questioned on two legal grounds: first, because it is a punitive clause and, second, because it limits trade. I will look at them one after the other.
The government has been asked to study the practice of many employers, to force workers to reimburse their training costs when they leave their work. In some cases, these costs amounted to several thousand pounds. Employers such as Capita and FDM Group must be held accountable in court for allegedly “arbitrary” training fees charged to employees, and it has been proposed that such regulations “catch” vulnerable workers from staying with their employers for a long period of time, even if these workers have reasonable reasons to leave the labour market for family or personal reasons.